Courts in New Jersey Close as a Result of the New Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Posted March 31st, 2020.

Categories: Legal Malpractice.

The new coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a significant impact on all of our lives, whether directly or indirectly. Just another facet of the impact this pandemic has had now includes court closures for all “non-essential” legal proceedings in the state of New Jersey. On March 18, it was announced that all Superior Court proceedings will be halted indefinitely. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced New Jersey legal malpractice attorney to learn more about how these court closures may affect you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How Do Court Closures Impact My Case? 

To start, we believe it necessary to inform you that the only exceptions to these court closures are ongoing trials and limited emergencies. In the past month, we have seen the adjournment of civil commitment hearings, in addition to the suspension of grand juries in New Jersey courts. Furthermore, municipal courts are also suspended as of now. Therefore, anyone who is scheduled to appear in the municipal court should instead wait to receive notice of a new court date. 

You should also note that in response to the recent pandemic, United States Chief District Judge Freda L. Wolfson adjourned civil and criminal trials scheduled to start in New Jersey’s federal courts before April 30, as well as jury selection for those trials, will be rescheduled at a later date. Additionally, individual judicial officers can continue to hold conferences, sentencing, hearings, change of plea hearings, and bench trials. That being said, these officers are all encouraged to do so via telephone or videoconferencing to stymie the spread of COVID-19. If you have a legal malpractice case, please do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced New Jersey legal malpractice attorney to learn more about how we can help you through this turbulent time. 

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The Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick is an experienced and committed legal team for clients throughout the state of New Jersey. Our team effectively serves victims of legal malpractice. If you require the services of a dedicated attorney, please contact The Law Offices of Mark S. Guralnick today for a free consultation.

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